When you’re underpaid, inexperienced, and overloaded with files detailing allegations of child abuse, there is a limit to how well you can do your job. Eight months in the life of an investigative team in the Travis County office of Child Protective Services.
He throws a 95-mile-an-hour fastball, strikes out 2.1 batters per inning, and could be the number one pick in June’s big-league draft. Meet suburban Houston’s new teen sensation.
Don’t hang their plaques at Cooperstown just yet, but do applaud the accomplishments of Kerry Wood and Ben Grieve. After all, not everyone is Rookie of the Year.
How did Pecos Bill invent hot sauce?
Charles Ommanney has seen more than his share of tragedy. A native of Great Britain who now calls Texas home, the 33-year-old photojournalist began his career as a war correspondent for the Times of London, photographing the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, massacres in Rwanda, and destitute refugees
Root, root, root for the home teams at the Astrodome and the Ballpark in Arlington. Plus: The lights go up (again) at the State Theater in Austin; motorized masterpieces parade through the streets of Houston; a world-premiere opera in Houston resurrects an old story; and Bonnie and Clyde’s steps are
BECAUSE I WAS BLESSED WITH THE GREATEST BIRTH, childhood, and adolescence in Terrell, watching The Last Picture Show was like a guest shot on This Is Your Life. [“Picture Perfect,” February 1999]. As an L.A. show-biz P.R. type in the early seventies, I breathlessly awaited opening night and sat alone
Pig out on pork tenderloin at Mark’s in Houston.
How a collection of paintings and drawings coveted by Sotheby’s and other art world Goliaths ended up at the University of Texas at Austin.
You can’t call it a Texas disease, but meningococcemia—a blood-borne form of meningitis—afflicts a fair number of the state’s children. And if the FDA will let him, a Dallas pediatrician thinks he can treat it.
Manageable crowds. Fabulous food. Great music. Authentic Cajun culture. Do you need any other reasons to visit Lafayette, Louisiana?
What the University of Houston can teach Texas.
He’s no Seinfeld. He’s not even Jeff Foxworthy. But Galveston native Bill Engvall is a successful stand-up comic, and one day, just maybe, he’ll get a sitcom of his own.
ZZ Top v. Chrysler
Hot CDsThe Texas Reunion (Skinny Records) is ostensibly a solo album from Skinny Don Keeling, the bass player in Don Walser’s Pure Texas Band. But since Keeling appears as the bassist and/or singer on only half the CD’s twelve cuts, he’s better described as a ringleader. He chose the material
Whitewater Texas is not a real estate scandal.
Several Sundays a year, Texans wake to find not one but two GOP presidential hopefuls inside the state’s borders.
Hudspeth County’s spiteful standstill.
Revisiting a Waco lynching
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of a teenage salesman? A kid peddling khakis at the Gap? Well, consider Corpus Christi high school senior Jacob Sudhoff, who sells something more substantial: luxury homes. “I used to ride around my neighborhood on my bike and look
My grandfather was still alive when I played my first season in the Astrodome. He came to a game with some of my relatives, and I hit a home run. That’s something I’ll never forget. My grandfather was such a big, big baseball fan. When I was a kid,
3 medium Idaho or other baking potatoes 6 florets broccoli 6 florets cauliflower 6 ounces sour cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 6 ounces white cheddar, cut in 1/2-inch chunks 6 tablespoons sliced green onions (whole stem) 1 tablespoon Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce, or to taste 6 dashes Tabasco
1 cup sake 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar 1/3 cup low-salt soy sauce 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons very thinly sliced ginger 2 tablespoons very thinly sliced garlicPlace all ingredients in a large sauté pan and simmer until the liquid coats the back of a spoon, 20 minutes or more
Pork Tenderloin3 pork tenderloins (10 to 12 ounces each) salt and ground black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons olive oilPreheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove membrane and fat from tenderloins and season with salt and pepper. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat, add olive oil, and lightly sear